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BERLIN SYNDROME (2017)
Critics Consensus: Berlin Syndrome offers thriller fans an uncommonly well-written descent into dangerous obsession, enlivened by taut direction and a committed performance from Teresa Palmer.
Synopsis: While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare, meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between… [More] Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Emma Bading, Lucie Aron
Directed By: Cate Shortland
NIGHTMARE CINEMA (2019)
Critics Consensus: Admirably eclectic yet more consistent than most horror anthologies, Nightmare Cinema should entertain viewers in the mood for a good old-fashioned creepshow.
Synopsis: In this twisted horror anthology, five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and… [More] Starring: Mickey Rourke, Annabeth Gish, Maurice Benard, Richard Chamberlain
Directed By: Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, David Slade
THE BAY (2012)
Critics Consensus: Barry Levinson’s eco-horror flick cleverly utilizes familiar found-footage methods in service of a gruesome yet atmospheric chiller.
Synopsis: Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept… [More] Starring: Kristen Connolly, Will Rogers (IV) , Kether Donohue, Frank Deal
Directed By: Barry Levinson
ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017)
Critics Consensus: Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise – and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.
Synopsis: A couple still grieving the death of their daughter take in children from a local orphanage, but the family are… [More] Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard
Directed By: David F. Sandberg
Critics Consensus: Suspiria attacks heady themes with garish vigor, offering a viewing experience that’s daringly confrontational – and definitely not for everyone.
Synopsis: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Swinton),… [More] Starring: Dakota Johnson , Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino
IT CHAPTER TWO (2019)
Critics Consensus: It: Chapter Two proves bigger doesn’t always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.
Synopsis: Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began… [More] Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa
Directed By: Andy Muschietti
HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U (2019)
Critics Consensus: A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, Happy Death Day 2U isn’t as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still find this a sequel worth celebrating.
Synopsis: Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse’s (Split, Get Out, The Purge… [More] Starring: Jessica Rothe, Ruby Modine, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu
Critics Consensus: With an emphasis on dread over gore and an ending that leaves the door wide open for sequels, Oculus could be just the first spine-tingling chapter in a new franchise for discerning horror fans.
Synopsis: Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when… [More] Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
Critics Consensus: Baskin complements its gory thrills with heavy atmosphere and deliberate pacing, adding up to a horror outing that plays with the mind as enthusiastically as it ruins the appetite.
Synopsis: A five-man unit of cops on night patrol get more than they bargain for when they arrive at a creepy… [More] Starring: Görkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut
Directed By: Can Evrenol
Critics Consensus: Apostle resists easy scares in favor of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens.
Synopsis: London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held… [More] Starring: Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Mark Lewis Jones, Bill Milner
Directed By: Gareth Evans
TALES OF HALLOWEEN (2015)
Critics Consensus: Tales of Halloween boasts a number of fun scares and is overall more consistent than many horror anthology films, even if it isn’t quite as dark or nasty as the classics of the genre.
Synopsis: Trick or treat! Ten different tales of Halloween horror taking place in one suburban town are included in this anthology,… [More] Starring: Booboo Stewart, Grace Phipps, Keir Gilchrist, Lisa Marie
Directed By: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch
MOM AND DAD (2018)
Critics Consensus: Mom and Dad’s gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy – and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and… [More] Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur
Directed By: Brian Taylor
THE VOID (2017)
Critics Consensus: The Void offers a nostalgic rush for fans of low-budget 1980s horror — and legitimate thrills for hardcore genre enthusiasts of all ages.
Synopsis: When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a… [More] Starring: Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Evan Stern
Directed By: Jeremy Gillespie , Steven Kostanski
KILL LIST (2012)
Critics Consensus: Kill List is an expertly executed slow-burn crime thriller that thrives on tension before morphing into visceral horror.
Synopsis: From director Ben Wheatley, Kill List is a mind-blowing genre concoction being called the “#1 Horror Film of the Year”… [More] Starring: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring, Emma Fryer
Directed By: Ben Wheatley
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Eyes of My Mother uses a shocking trauma to fuel a hauntingly hypnotic odyssey whose nightmarish chill lingers long after the closing credits.
Synopsis: In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be… [More] Starring: Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak
Directed By: Nicolas Pesce
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2018)
Critics Consensus: Anna and the Apocalypse finds fresh brains and a lot of heart in the crowded zombie genre – not to mention a fun genre mashup populated by rootable characters.
Synopsis: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven — at Christmas — forcing Anna and her friends to… [More] Starring: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux
Directed By: John McPhail
THE MONSTER (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Monster uses its effectively simple setup and a powerful lead performance from Zoe Kazan to deliver a traditional yet subtly subversive — and thoroughly entertaining — horror story.
Synopsis: Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe… [More] Starring: Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, Ella Ballentine, Aaron Douglas
Directed By: Bryan Bertino
Critics Consensus: Southbound doesn’t entirely avoid the jarring shifts common to anthology films, but thanks to some thrilling twists and turns, this horror road movie is a surprisingly smooth ride.
Synopsis: On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers-two men on the run from their past, a band on their… [More] Starring: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Tallulah Mounce
Directed By: David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Roxanne Benjamin
WILLOW CREEK (2014)
Critics Consensus: Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait’s first foray into horror doesn’t break any new ground, but it does wring fresh terror from a well-worn genre formula — and offers a few nasty laughs in the bargain.
Synopsis: Described by Jimmy Kimmel as “Scary and the Hendersons” and by writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait himself as “The Blair-Squatch Project,” found… [More] Starring: Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson, Laura Montagna, Bucky Sinister
Directed By: Bobcat Goldthwait
LIGHTS OUT (2016)
Critics Consensus: Lights Out makes skillful use of sturdy genre tropes — and some terrific performances — for an unsettling, fright-filled experience that delivers superior chills without skimping on story.
Synopsis: When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to… [More] Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia
Directed By: David F. Sandberg
IN FEAR (2014)
Critics Consensus: Compact and effective, In Fear offers discerning horror fans a smart and disturbing plunge into the depths of cinematic anxiety.
Synopsis: In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple’s fight to make it through the night. Home invasion… [More] Starring: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech, Jemma Powell
Directed By: Jeremy Lovering
CRIMSON PEAK (2015)
Critics Consensus: Crimson Peak offers an engaging — albeit somewhat slight — diversion driven by a delightfully creepy atmosphere and director Guillermo del Toro’s brilliant knack for unforgettable visuals.
Synopsis: When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a… [More] Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
I SAW THE DEVIL (2011)
Critics Consensus: Never flinching during its descent into depravity, I Saw the Devil is a pulverizing thriller that will give bloody satisfaction to audiences who like their revenge served with fiery rage.
Synopsis: I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master… [More] Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Chun Kook-Haun, Ho-jin Chun
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon
THE INNKEEPERS (2012)
Critics Consensus: It doesn’t break any rules of the genre, but The Innkeepers serves as additional proof that Ti West is a young director that discriminating horror fans can trust.
Synopsis: From director Ti West comes The Innkeepers. Set in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is about to shut its… [More] Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle
Directed By: Ti West
WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE (2018)
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it’s still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.
Synopsis: How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor… [More] Starring: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac, Joey Klein
Directed By: Colin Minihan
YOU’RE NEXT (2013)
Critics Consensus: You’re Next’s energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond.
Synopsis: One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU’RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist… [More] Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen
Directed By: Adam Wingard
Critics Consensus: Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.
Synopsis: Shot in a vérité style, Trollhunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to… [More] Starring: Glenn Erland Trosterud, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Mørch
Directed By: André Øvredal
THE WIND (2019)
Critics Consensus: Imperfect yet intriguing, The Wind offers horror fans an admirably ambitious story further distinguished by its fresh perspective and effective scares.
Synopsis: An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard)… [More] Starring: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Dylan McTee
Directed By: Emma Tammi
Critics Consensus: Creepy, provocative, and aesthetically absorbing, Evolution marks a satisfying step forward for director/co-writer Lucile Hadzihalilovic.
Synopsis: 10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys…. [More] Starring: Max Brebant, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Roxane Duran, Nathalie Le Gosles
Directed By: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
TRAGEDY GIRLS (2017)
Critics Consensus: Tragedy Girls injects familiar teen tropes with just enough up-to-the-minute commentary — and pitch-black humor — to work as an irreverently entertaining diversion.
Synopsis: Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot… [More] Starring: Alexandra Shipp, Brianna Hildebrand, Josh Hutcherson, Kevin Durand
Directed By: Tyler Macintyre
Critics Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and intelligence, Spring is a singular horror film with a sneaky, lingering impact.
Synopsis: “Spring” follows young man in a personal tailspin as he flees California to the Italian coast, where he meets a… [More] Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Augie Duke, Jeremy Gardner
Directed By: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Critics Consensus: A thrillingly effective update on a classic story, Depraved jolts a familiar monster back to life with a potent blend of timely themes and old-school chills.
Synopsis: The legend of Frankenstein gets a provocative modern update in the stylishly disturbing new film from indie horror master Larry… [More] Starring: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux, Ana Kayne
Directed By: Larry Fessenden
Critics Consensus: Mayhem delivers stylish violence by the bloody bucketful — and grounds all the titular chaos in sharp humor and surprisingly effective real-world economic angst.
Synopsis: Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that… [More] Starring: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Dallas Mark Roberts, Caroline Chikezie
Directed By: Joe Lynch (V)
THE HOLE IN THE GROUND (2019)
Critics Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.
Synopsis: Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that… [More] Starring: Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall
Directed By: Lee Cronin
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016)
Critics Consensus: Ouija: Origin of Evil swerves its franchise’s planchette unexpectedly to YES with a surprisingly scary and dramatically satisfying follow-up to its lackluster predecessor.
Synopsis: In this horror sequel, a game of Ouija leads to supernatural activity. Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, and Elizabeth… [More] Starring: Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
THE SHALLOWS (2016)
Critics Consensus: Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.
Synopsis: In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on… [More] Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge, Brett Cullen
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra
THE TRANSFIGURATION (2017)
Critics Consensus: The Transfiguration tells a quieter, more deliberately paced tale than genre fans might expect, but for those with the patience to let it sink in, it offers its own rewards.
Synopsis: An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who… [More] Starring: Eric Ruffin, Chloë Levine, Aaron Clifton Moten, Carter Redwood
Directed By: Michael O’Shea
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (2019)
Critics Consensus: Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities… [More] Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams
Directed By: André Øvredal
TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL (2011)
Critics Consensus: Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and — believe it or not — heart.
Synopsis: Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the… [More] Starring: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss
Directed By: Eli Craig
A FIELD IN ENGLAND (2014)
Critics Consensus: Recklessly assembled and occasionally compelling in spite of itself, A Field in England showcases a singularly brilliant voice in British cinema.
Synopsis: England : 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are… [More] Starring: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando
Directed By: Ben Wheatley
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (2013)
Critics Consensus: Its reach may exceed its grasp, but with Berberian Sound Studio, director Peter Strickland assembles a suitably twisted, creepy tribute to the Italian Giallo horror movies of the ’70s that benefits from a strong central performance by Toby Jones.
Synopsis: In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome… [More] Starring: Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco, Guido Adorni, Fatma Mohamed
Directed By: Peter Strickland
Critics Consensus: Director Ben Wheatley and writer-stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram deliver a wicked road trip movie that successfully walks the line between dark comedy and horror.
Synopsis: Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way -… [More] Starring: Alice Lowe, Eileen Davies, Steve Oram, Monica Dolan
Directed By: Ben Wheatley
Critics Consensus: Luz takes a refreshingly unique approach to horror possession tropes, elevated by a chilly mood and minimalist scares.
Synopsis: In this slick and disturbing horror film, Luz is a young cab driver fleeing from the grasp of a possessed… [More] Starring: Luana Velis, Jan Bluthardt, Nadja Stübiger, Johannes Benecke
Directed By: Tilman Singer
GHOST STORIES (2018)
Critics Consensus: Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists.
Synopsis: Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy… [More] Starring: Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2013)
Critics Consensus: A compelling story cleverly told, We Are What We Are quenches horror buffs’ thirst for gore while serving up serious-minded filmmaking and solid acting.
Synopsis: The Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with… [More] Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Jack Turner
Directed By: Jim Mickle
THE CONJURING 2 (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can’t help but lose a bit of its predecessor’s chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.
Synopsis: Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films),… [More] Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor (II) , Madison Wolfe
Directed By: James Wan
Critics Consensus: Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh’s inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.
Synopsis: A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it… [More] Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Critics Consensus: Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.
Synopsis: With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s… [More] Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier
Directed By: Julius Avery
GOODNIGHT MOMMY (ICH SEH, ICH SEH) (2015)
Critics Consensus: Dark, violent, and drenched in dread, Goodnight Mommy is perfect for extreme horror enthusiasts — or filmgoers who prefer to watch between splayed fingers.
Synopsis: In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers… [More] Starring: Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz Thorsteinsson, Elias Schwarz, Hans Escher
Directed By: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
LOS OJOS DE JULIA (JULIA’S EYES) (2010)
Critics Consensus: Smart, suspenseful, and visually distinctive, Julia’s Eyes marks another modern Spanish thriller that quickens the pulse while engaging the mind.
Synopsis: A woman is trying to unravel a mystery that she literally can no longer see in this thriller from Spanish… [More] Starring: Belén Rueda, Lluis Homar, Pablo Derqui, Francesc Orella
Directed By: Guillem Morales
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Autopsy of Jane Doe subverts the gruesome expectations triggered by its title to deliver a smart, suggestively creepy thriller that bolsters director André Ovredal’s growing reputation.
Synopsis: It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until… [More] Starring: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Olwen Kelly, Ophelia Lovibond
Directed By: André Øvredal
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2017)
Critics Consensus: The Girl with All the Gifts grapples with thought-provoking questions without skimping on the scares — and finds a few fresh wrinkles in the well-worn zombie horror genre along the way.
Synopsis: The near future humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns… [More] Starring: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua
Directed By: Colm McCarthy
BETTER WATCH OUT (2017)
Critics Consensus: Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorably sinister holiday horror film.
Synopsis: This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone… In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion… [More] Starring: Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery
Directed By: Chris Peckover
CREEPY (KURIPI: ITSUWARI NO RINJIN) (2016)
Critics Consensus: Creepy lives up to its title with a suspenseful and thoroughly unsettling – not to mention well-acted – blend of crime procedural and domestic drama.
Synopsis: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics Cure and Bright Future, gets back to his roots by putting the… [More] Starring: Yuko Takeuchi, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruna Kawaguchi
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Critics Consensus: An action-packed creature feature that’s fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work.
Synopsis: When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father… [More] Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson
Directed By: Alex Aja
CHEAP THRILLS (2014)
Critics Consensus: Gleefully nasty and darkly hilarious, Cheap Thrills lives down to its title in the best possible way.
Synopsis: Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with… [More] Starring: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton
Directed By: E.L. Katz
HOUNDS OF LOVE (2017)
Critics Consensus: Smartly constructed and powerfully acted, Hounds of Love satisfies as a psychological thriller with a few nasty surprises — and marks writer-director Ben Young as a promising talent.
Synopsis: In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer… [More] Starring: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter
Directed By: Ben Young
Critics Consensus: Riveting and bone-chillingly creepy, Cropsey manages to be one of the best documentaries and one of the best horror movies of the year.
Synopsis: Staten Island filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio reveal how an urban legend conjured up to keep kids from exploring… [More] Starring: Donna Cutugno, Karen Schweiger, Joshua Zeman, David Novarro
Directed By: Josh Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Zak Hilditch’s patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, 1922 ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: 1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page story telling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is… [More] Starring: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard
Directed By: Zak Hilditch
THE INVITATION (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective — and surprisingly clever — slow-building thriller.
Synopsis: In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)… [More] Starring: Michiel Huisman, Logan Marshall-Green, John Carroll Lynch, Tammy Blanchard
Directed By: Karyn Kusama
RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010)
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But… [More] Starring: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Ilmari Järvenpää, Peeter Jakobi
Directed By: Jalmari Helander
BONE TOMAHAWK (2015)
Critics Consensus: Bone Tomahawk’s peculiar genre blend won’t be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.
Synopsis: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers,… [More] Starring: Kurt Russell, Lili Simmons, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson
Directed By: S. Craig Zahler
THE DEVIL’S CANDY (2017)
Critics Consensus: The Devil’s Candy playfully subverts horror tropes while serving up more than enough stylish thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: An artist and his family think they’ve moved into the house of their dreams, but when he is possessed by… [More] Starring: Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Kiara Glasco
Directed By: Sean Byrne
GERALD’S GAME (2017)
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald’s Game’s small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
Synopsis: When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie (Carla Gugino) — handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house… [More] Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Chiara Aurelia
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
Critics Consensus: As ambitious as it is daringly transgressive, Prevenge should thrill fans of pitch-black horror-comedy — and open untold opportunities for writer/director/star Alice Lowe.
Synopsis: A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, “Prevenge” follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a… [More] Starring: Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Jo Hartley
Directed By: Alice Lowe
Critics Consensus: Ambitious and beautifully shot, Demon delivers a gripping — and sadly final — testament to the singular talent possessed by director/co-writer Marcin Wrona.
Synopsis: Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska, Chemo), Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, Lebanon) has been… [More] Starring: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski, Tomasz Schuchardt
Directed By: Marcin Wrona
MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (2017)
Critics Consensus: Most Beautiful Island plunges audiences into a little-seen sector of society, with writer-director Ana Asensio’s fearless performance leading the way.
Synopsis: MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND is a psychological thriller examining the plight of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in… [More] Starring: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci
Directed By: Ana Asensio
THE CONJURING (2013)
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring” tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson,… [More] Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
Directed By: James Wan
UNDER THE SKIN (2014)
Critics Consensus: Its message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.
Synopsis: From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that… [More] Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Krystof Hádek, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer
LET ME IN (2010)
Critics Consensus: Similar to the original in all the right ways — but with enough changes to stand on its own — Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn’t add insult to inspiration.
Synopsis: Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his… [More] Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz , Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono
Directed By: Matt Reeves
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic – yet still effective – ingredients.
Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,… [More] Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Critics Consensus: Alternately hilarious, gross, and simply diverting, Housebound is the rare horror-comedy that delivers on both fronts.
Synopsis: Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home… [More] Starring: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Ross Harper
Directed By: Gerard Johnstone
WE ARE STILL HERE (2015)
Critics Consensus: Smart, powerfully acted, and devilishly clever, We Are Still Here offers some novel twists on familiar territory — and heralds the arrival of a major talent in writer-director Ted Geoghegan.
Synopsis: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands… [More] Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden
Directed By: Ted Geoghegan
Critics Consensus: Smart and suspenseful, CAM is a techno-thriller that’s far more than the sum of its salacious parts — and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.
Synopsis: CAM is a technology driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl,… [More] Starring: Devin Druid, Imani Hakim, Madeline Brewer, Melora Walters
Directed By: Daniel Goldhaber
THE ENDLESS (2018)
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Synopsis: Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two… [More] Starring: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Tate Ellington, Callie Hernandez
Directed By: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
DON’T BREATHE (2016)
Critics Consensus: Don’t Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that’s all the more effective for its simplicity.
Synopsis: A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the… [More] Starring: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang
Directed By: Fede Alvarez, Federico Álvarez
IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)
Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what’s left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.
Synopsis: Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature… [More] Starring: Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults
TRAIN TO BUSAN (BUSANHAENG) (2016)
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique — and purely entertaining — take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a… [More] Starring: Yoo Gong, Jung Yoo-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Kim Eui-sung
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho
Critics Consensus: Revenge slices and dices genre tropes, working within an exploitation framework while adding a timely — yet never less than viscerally thrilling — feminist spin.
Synopsis: Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted… [More] Starring: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède
Directed By: Coralie Fargeat
THE LOVE WITCH (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Love Witch offers an absorbing visual homage to a bygone era, arranged subtly in service of a thought-provoking meditation on the battle of the sexes.
Synopsis: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her Gothic Victorian apartment she… [More] Starring: Samantha Robinson (VI) , Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Gian Keys
Directed By: Anna Biller
Critics Consensus: Thelma plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.
Synopsis: Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of… [More] Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen
Directed By: Joachim Trier
THE LOVED ONES (2012)
Critics Consensus: Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut with The Loved Ones.
Synopsis: Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he’s screwed. What happens when Lola… [More] Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton, Richard Wilson
Directed By: Sean Byrne
Critics Consensus: Raw’s lurid violence and sexuality live up to its title, but they’re anchored with an immersive atmosphere and deep symbolism that linger long after the provocative visuals fade.
Synopsis: Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she’s a brilliant student starting out at veterinary… [More] Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas
Directed By: Julia Ducournau
GREEN ROOM (2016)
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
Synopsis: GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares… [More] Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a… [More] Starring: Florence Pugh, Liv Mjönes, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren
Directed By: Ari Aster
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014)
Critics Consensus: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original — and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.
Synopsis: The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful… [More] Starring: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour
READY OR NOT (2019)
Critics Consensus: Smart, subversive, and darkly funny, Ready or Not is a crowd-pleasing horror film with giddily entertaining bite.
Synopsis: Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family… [More] Starring: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien (IX) , Henry Czerny
Directed By: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (VUELVEN) (2019)
Critics Consensus: Tigers Are Not Afraid draws on childhood trauma for a story that deftly blends magical fantasy and hard-hitting realism – and leaves a lingering impact.
Synopsis: A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group… [More] Starring: Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López (II) , Hanssel Casillas, Rodrigo Cortes (II)
Directed By: Issa López
Critics Consensus: Mandy’s gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage — and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
Synopsis: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven… [More] Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King’s classic story without losing touch with its heart.
Synopsis: New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel… [More] Starring: Jaeden Martell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Bill Skarsgård
Directed By: Andy Muschietti
THE WAILING (GOKSUNG) (2016)
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin… [More] Starring: Jung-min Hwang, Jun Kunimura, Chun Woo-hee, Han-Cheol Jo
Directed By: Na Hong-jin
UNDER THE SHADOW (2016)
Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.
Synopsis: Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War… [More] Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi
Directed By: Babak Anvari
THE WITCH (2016)
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
Synopsis: In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively… [More] Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw
Directed By: Robert Eggers
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012)
Critics Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary — frequently all at the same time.
Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,… [More] Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz
Directed By: Drew Goddard
IT FOLLOWS (2015)
Critics Consensus: Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels — and leaves a lingering sting.
Synopsis: After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is… [More] Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Lili Sepe
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying… [More] Starring: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne
Directed By: Ari Aster
THE BABADOOK (2014)
Critics Consensus: The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares — and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.
Synopsis: Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline… [More] Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Barbara West, Daniel Henshall
Directed By: Jennifer Kent
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele’s second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.
Synopsis: Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar (R) winner Lupita Nyong’o… [More] Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker
Directed By: Jordan Peele
A QUIET PLACE (2018)
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that’s as original as it is scary — and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
Synopsis: In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious… [More] Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
Directed By: John Krasinski
GET OUT (2017)
Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.
Synopsis: Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend… [More] Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
Directed By: Jordan Peele